The Stardust Lounge in downtown Orlando or, to be more precisely, right by Lake Eola on Central Boulevard, is a great place to spend a night out. When we went to this stylish “underground” bar and lounge on Saturday we actually ended up spending the entire evening there. The word choice of “underground” is because the bar is actually located in a, rather untypical for Florida, basement like setting (you have to walk down stairs to get to it and the ceilings can’t be higher than 7 feet, so careful you claustrophobics!). But don’t think basement equals grunge and alternative music. The Stardust Lounge actually offered a very good variety of music that evening (Saturday), playing 80s and 90s hits, including songs I hadn’t heard for decades (OMG, am I that old??).
The place resembles a 1950s Las Vegas lounge with red leather seats and booths, futuristic looking chairs and tables and some kitsch decor. I have been told there even is a place in Vegas called “Stardust Lounge”. The back room of the lounge offers pool billiard and is rather relaxed and unaffected by the music of the front room (which is at least twice the size). The large L-shaped bar offers pretty much anything you would expect in a downtown bar but is known for some pretty good martinis, so check those out.
Good to know:
- Careful if you’re claustrophobic (low 7 ft ceilings)
- It get’s pretty hot down there (maybe because of the low ceilings)
- You will have a good chance parking very close to the bar on Central Blvd. That way you won’t have to pay for parking at a downtown garage and have much less to walk. But be careful and drive your car away by 2am!
431 East Central Boulevard
Orlando, FL 32801
My blog co-author did a post about the Stardust quite a while back. I’ve been wanting to go ever since, but I still haven’t gotten around to it.
Now I simply must!